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Smith never considered lying about his concussion symptoms

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There’s a reasonable chance that if Alex Smith had simply lied, he’d still be the starting quarterback of the 49ers.

But he said Tuesday he had no regrets about revealing his concussion symptoms, which opened the door for Colin Kaepernick, and the door was subsequently slammed in Smith’s face.

Smith suffered his concussion Nov. 11 against the Rams, when Jo-Lonn Dunbar hit him hard enough to cause blurry vision, but Smith said he had no regrets about telling coaches and trainers about the symptoms.

No, no, no, not at all,” Smith said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I mean, we’re all going to be done with this game at some point. We’ve got a lot of life ahead of us. You err on the side of caution with that head stuff.

“There’s no brain transplants that I’ve ever heard of. You only get one. It’s not something to mess around with.”

Smith’s demotion shows how fine a line it can be in a performance business, but his grace in dealing with the situation shows how hard it is to succeed in the business of being a human being.

He admitted it was hard to watch the team win without him after they won so many with him.

“I’m not going to lie about any of that. It’s tough at times, for sure,” he said. “Tough to accept. Tough to watch.

“But we’re in the Super Bowl and it’s been an amazing experience. I love being a part of this. I’ve said this before. It’s bittersweet a little bit, but it’s a great thing to be a part of.”

Smith might not be the best quarterback in the league, but he’s good enough to help many teams, and his leadership and attitude he’s shown in the last two months will lend a maturity to whatever team he plays on next, since this door is effectively closed to him now.

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12 Responses to “Smith never considered lying about his concussion symptoms”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 30, 2013 8:43 AM

    A very class act. Especially since Harbaugh basically lied through his teeth to the guy. I wish him future success.

  2. goraidersgospurs says: Jan 30, 2013 8:52 AM

    He also was not nor is he getting back up money!!!

  3. enochmh2 says: Jan 30, 2013 8:53 AM

    When did he become good enough to help many teams? Without that defence too? Ok

  4. tonyugoh says: Jan 30, 2013 8:57 AM

    Yeah talk about somebody who is a great example of an NFL employee falling in line with the company line and handling a situation that nobody wants to be in with pure class, the least the league could’ve done was give him his own podium yesterday. Seeing him just standing there with headphones was brutal, I really felt for the guy.

  5. kanemoney says: Jan 30, 2013 9:08 AM

    He could be a little less whiny. Just stick to the ‘doing whatever it takes to help the team win’ BS. We all know it is but it’s better than complaining at all.

  6. poridge1214 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:22 AM

    We knock the guy for being an early career bust, but keep in mind, he’s only 28 years old, with 8 years of NFL experience. He’s learned 7 different offensive schemes and is still standing – so surely his next team won’t worry if he can adapt to their scheme. Harbaugh is a QB guru, and finally enabled Smith to use his strengths and limit his weaknesses. Although now overshadowed by Kaep, we forget that Smith is still very mobile and has great accuracy in the short passing game. A rocket arm? No. But as many analysts have said before, how many 50 yard throws are you going to rely on your QB to make? He’s gotta get first downs, and move the sticks, and that’s how you win games. Put Smith on the Jets, and they make the playoffs. Put him on Arizona, and they are no longer the laughing stock of the league where QB is concerned. He’s got 7 years left in this league, at least.

  7. spellingcops says: Jan 30, 2013 9:26 AM

    Pure class. I’ll always be an Alex Smith fan.

  8. truthfactory says: Jan 30, 2013 9:28 AM

    There is nothing even debateable here. Play your best when you have a shot. If you get injured and its discovered that the guy who was behind you is actually better, what is the team supposed to do?? Play the worse guy? No… Let the best player play. Good luck to Smith wherever he lands.

  9. psilenttype says: Jan 30, 2013 9:44 AM

    The concussion didn’t cost him his job Kap won the job over him point blank! The concussion just gave Harbaugh a time to put Kap in the game and show off what he had been doing in practice to impress him! The better man won period!

  10. mpetey123 says: Jan 30, 2013 9:45 AM

    Class act and good example for guys who do lie about injuries and all to avoid losing their spot.

  11. tformation says: Jan 30, 2013 10:47 AM

    Credit Alex Smith for saying the right things. You can take it in one of two ways: either good PR training or maturity. I hope for the latter.

    You’ll get another shot at starting, Alex.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 30, 2013 12:22 PM

    You only get one brain. Alex doesn’t want to end up looking like Kaepernick some day.

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